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Rose Roberta B
Ordered six years ago from Palatine Roses the first one grew well enough for a year or two. Then the high pH of the soil began to weaken the plant. Finally its roots were nibbled away. Replacement ordered; sulfur treatments being arranged to manage soil pH.
ImageGeneva Bugleweed (Ajuga genevensis)
In its first season it is very well behaved. Long blooming, but not very spectacular, yet. Annies 2017. The heavy monsoons seem to have washed it out of the garden, (metaphorically, not literally); but either way it is gone.
ImageHollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Planted outside the fence it was quickly nibbled to nothing, repeatedly. Annies 2017.
ImageAngelica (Angelica sylvestris 'Purpurea')
From Annies. Growing with Artemesia 2017. Surprised to find new growth nibbled by rabbits.. (20 JUN 17) . In August it is showing robust new growth that is adorably purple.
ImageSilvermound Artemisia (Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound')
Its foliage is very fragrant, and the plant thrives in poor, dryish, heavy soil. It's such a durable and pleasing plant that there's one area of the garden given over to this plant and plants that complement it best, including white iris, white roses, and red roses.
ImageRed Valerian (Centranthus ruber)
The first three instances of this plant in my garden I planted. The six or twelve that now grow between the roses in the partly shaded areas are volunteers. Hawkmoths and butterflies are very fond of its flowers. It is a perfect complement to white and light pink roses. I'll occasionally pull them up where they compete with something else; but I doubt I'll ever pull up the last one. (High Country Gardens)
ImageClematis (Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon')
From Annies 2017. The flowers are smaller and not quite so dark as advertised. But it seems to be a durable plant.
ImageSt. John's Chamomile (Cota tinctoria var. sancti-johannis)
This is not a very drought tolerant plant. It keeps dying. Good only near paths where it will get very regular water. Annies 2017
ImageBachelor's Button (Cyanus segetum 'Blue Boy')
Annies Annuals 2017 - listed as centaurea cyanus Blue Diadem batchelor buttons. Growing very quickly and blooming very nicely in early June. Quite wonderful. But short lived. Died in July. Plant more.
Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and PerennialsBelladonna Delphinium (Delphinium 'Bellamosum')
Six, mostly in LBE, but also near R. Crocus Rose and Malvern Hills to deter gophers. The one near Pink Lady Apple is going great guns already in mid April. (White Flower Farm) By June two were falling over, and propped up with tomato cages. Two had all their foliage nibbled off. In mildly alkaline soil pH = 7.2 it grew very well. In more alkaline soil pH =7.9 it did not do well.
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.Dianthus Devon Cottage™ Ruby's Tuesday
I adore the smell of pinks and simply cannot get enough of them. They tolerate a fair amount of drought, frost, and general abuse, but I do sometimes wish they survived longer. Having better luck with them in pots where they drain better, get better attention and are out of reach of hungry gophers.
ImageFoxglove (Digitalis 'Dalmatian Purple')
Smallish plants, 9 each, planted in upper fenced garden, mostly near quadrangle. (Gilbert Wild) By the second week in June most are in blossom and looking very good. This is a plant that must get more reps in the garden, even if it does not grow to huge proportions. By late July, still doing well, though they should have been staked.
ImageFoxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain')
Planted to deter the progress of pocket gophers, spring 2017. (White Flower Farm.) I have been watering them almost daily and they are growing well. Larger than the dalmatian foxgloves when they start to bloom. By August, three of six are evidently dead from lack of bright light.
ImageFoxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Peach')
Planted to deter gophers in Aspen Bed, spring 2017. (White Flower Farm). Just not doing well at all. Their sickly green color suggests they may be overly susceptible to chorosis. Nibbling animals love them. And they wilt. All died before blooming convincingly. NOT a plant I will try again.
Just plantedConeflower (Echinacea Sombrero® Lemon Yellow)
Driveway bed near AZ cypress, spring 2017. (High Country Gardens) Never got started
ImageBlue Wheat Grass (Elymus magellanicus)
Listed at Annies as Agropyron magellanicum. Planted 2017 in the stream shoulder area near Julia Child and Morning is Broken roses. By June it looks like it is settling in, possibly making a bit of new growth.
California Poppies Dress the Bare Bases of Climbing RosesCalifornia Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
One of two wildflower cultivars with which I've been completely successful, the other being Oenothera speciosum, showy (pink) primrose. I adore its gray foliage and the way this tends to disappear behind the brilliant flowers. It tolerates brutal conditions and reseeds happily without becomming invasive. (Wildseed Farms)
ImageEuphorbia (Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow')
Gophers have been a scourge of my garden for six years. For some years I trapped them. For two years I took a break, and last year they destroyed four or five good rose plants. So the traps are back; but I want to discourage them from moving in, so euphorbias inhabit one edge of the garden bordering on wild gopher territory. They tolerate very dry soil and bright sun, growing when conditions are favorable. Interesting foliage colors. "If gophers are a scourge, plant spurge." We'll see if that turns out to be a good plan.
 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissiLongevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens)
From Baker Creek. Spring 2017. A leafy substitute for spinach said to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and bad cholesterol. At the end of July both have been nibbled to nothing. So I guess the rabbits in my garden are enjoying good heart health.
Photo Courtesy of Daylilies by the Pond. Used with Permission.Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Alabama Jubilee')
It's not easy to find good plants that make vermilion flowers. My Alabama Jubilee daylilies approach their third year and they are just now hitting their stride. They are not in bloom for more than a few days a year, but the flowers do wow. Planted with other orange and yellow daylilies it's a good seasonal show.

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